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Programme accreditation

Our university geography programme accreditation scheme offers recognition of geography undergraduate and master's degree programmes.

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) accredits undergraduate and master's programmes in geography across the UK. Accreditation

  • Recognises good practice in geography learning and teaching.
  • Supports the international standing of UK higher education geography as a rigorous and applied subject.
  • Enhances competitiveness for students in a crowded graduate jobs market.
  • Provides a means to support the continuous quality improvement of UK geography degree programmes.

Undergraduate geography programmes are assessed in line with the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement, which defines what can be expected of a graduate in terms of the knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches they have gained. For master’s programmes, enhanced criteria are used to assess applications for accreditation in place of the Subject Benchmark Statement. In making an application, departments are also given the opportunity to highlight what is distinctive in their delivery of geographical teaching and/or learning.